Reproducing at L’Automatica, Barcelona

16 . 04 . 2018 /


Reproducing at L’Automatica, Barcelona is five days (23 – 27 May) of reading, discussions, writing and making in the Catalan capital about maternity, as a mode of creation, care, and continuance. A collaboration between two experimental, autonomous collectives interested in the composition of publics — the online journal continent. and the community print shop L’Automatica — invite discussions that nurture the problems and potentials of giving birth to all things made, authored, built, generated, designed, shaped, knocked together and knocked up.

Do the presumed public making labours of writing, making images, publishing, printing and reproduction require us to “love our monsters” and “kill our darlings”? Do these impulses speak to those same kinds of care, attention and guardianship, that are present in the consuming and ambiguous patience, love, hardship, altruism, friendship, attention and responsibilities of motherhood? What response-ability do we assume or presume when we give birth to things, to words, to ideas, and then weave them into the material (mater, or mother) of, for example, a printed page.

Over five days of collaboration in May, we invite writers, artists, thinkers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters interested in this questioning of motherhood, to share thoughts, voice, words, texts, images, sounds and actions —new and old— that will find their way into printed object, produced and reproduced on site with L’Automatica. Resonances between motherhood and creative labor, from the anecdotal to the analytic, the philosophical to the everyday, are all encouraged and more than welcomed. By the end of these Spring days in Barcelona we hope to create, together, a compendium of care, a handbook of hospitality or a card deck of custodianship, gifted to all those in attendance, and beyond. Is there anything you would like to “bring up”?

We are most grateful to have the support of HANGAR, and of the Consulado General de Suiza en Barcelona for these occasions in Barcelona.

Readings & Resources

To come…

Wednesday, May 23rd to Sunday May 27th, 2018
Carrer de la Legalitat 18
08024 Barcelona, ​​Spain

Please bring your friends, children, wine, food, animals, umbrellas, baskets, toys, ideas…

Further information:

Reproducing at L’Automàtica, Barcelona is a 5-day workshop that attempts to elucidate the many meanings of parenthood, motherhood and ‘bringing something or someone up’ in relation to labor of texts and the ramifications that the maternal and parental plays in art and cultural production communities. Here reproduction, printing, publishing, and public making hover around keywords such as: hardship, patience, love, altruism, brotherhood, sisterhood, care, friendship, attention, family, birth.

Through readings and new writings at L’Automatica, continent and guests with lived and intellectual experiences of these subjects are invited to participate, culminating in a compilation of texts, produced at the print shop, from new and existing writings, images, sketches, figures, diagrams and other things.

The workshop is for writers, artists, thinkers, designers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters of all genders and cultures, ethnicities, languages and communities, concerned about the question of motherhood and labor, to share thoughts, words and texts.

With a rising consciousness about the effects of motherhood on creative labor and the materiality that is created in those situations, the conversation takes root in philosophical, sociological and also concrete examples of daily life. We hope to trace lines and words, out of margins, where intersectional, material, trans-post-foward-all-gendered-ungendered motherhoods breathe and create expanded knowledges about bodies and our relation to birth, celebration, care, spiritualities, cultures and tradition (Western and otherwise) are shaped, constrained and modulated.

The end result will be a compilation of collective thoughts about the subject in an unfinished book of flying pages. The format we propose is the following:

Wednesday: 16h – 19h: Getting to know each other, reading and planning

Thursday: 10h – 18h: Reading, writing and planning the publication

Friday: 10h -18h: Writing, designing and the first production steps

Saturday: 10-18h production day, polishing ideas, finalising

Sunday: 10h final touches, fixing up the space, 12h Open doors session, presentation of the publication, vermuts and music in L’Automàtica.

Themes addressed include… From pregnancy to birth (Hannah Arendt’s nativity, becoming two, from being pregnant with a subject to the birth of a form); Weiberwerk & Kinderspiel (Women’s work and child’s play, describing an advanced, everyday but also alchemical state in which nothing can be done except keeping the fire burning); monsters (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein experience, creating and loving and being monsters, “killing your darlings”); love and care (bringing up a text, reproduction and publication, letting go, the aftermaths of a text); mothers and fathers with/out children, and the parenting of each other and of other (human and nonhuman) things; precarization through love.

We would also invite you to bring along any and all objects, texts, illustrations, documents and evidences of motherhood and its traces in life, love, literature, film, media, law… or anything else we might be generous enough to bring up.

Please contact for further practical information. The main language used will be English, so some comprehension will be helpful but not essential. There is no fee to participate, but capacity is limited, so please let us know if you’re coming.

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